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Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A BIG thank you for your donations to
"Did I miss the donate request???"
Feb 11
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Aaron Jonah Lewis and Chamber Orchestra. EXCELLENT!
"AJL is the real deal."
Feb 5
Joel Hooks replied to Richard William Ineson's discussion American Patrol by Frank Meacham arranged by Parke Hunter
"I'm happy to volunteer scan time. "
Jan 29
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion WINDSOR POPULAR N°1.
"Hi Jake, When plectrum playing became popular, and subsequently wire strings, banjos started being built with back angle to the neck.  This provided a lower action (wire strings act differently and don't stretch) with a taller bridge to…"
Jan 23
Joel Hooks replied to Richard William Ineson's discussion American Patrol by Frank Meacham arranged by Parke Hunter
"Thanks for this!  Are you planning on scanning the entire issue of #13?"
Jan 22
Joel Hooks replied to Richard William Ineson's discussion An interesting new banjo recording
"I started to listen to this and will likely enjoy the rest of it.   The compositions are good and I would happily buy a well edited notation only folio of this music. I have to admit that the zing or ziz noise produced just before the picks…"
Jan 14
Joel Hooks replied to Nic Pennsylvania's discussion The Jolly Soldier Boy
"Musescore will do everything you want. Tabledit is obsolete."
Jan 3
Joel Hooks replied to Nic Pennsylvania's discussion The Jolly Soldier Boy
"Hi Nic,  nice job!  I'll read this through with banjo in hand this evening. Here is the issue with the source: At first glance of your score, the only recommendation I could make is…"
Jan 2

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New Additions to my family.

I answered an add on craigslist listing "four old banjos- $150 each."

I called very early to leave a message and get my name in the mix. Well it's true that the early bird catches the worm, and he called me a couple of minutes later.

I met with him and this is what I got...

Stewart and Bauer "Monogram" Grade 2. At first sight it looked in remarkably good condition. A couple of days later when I had a chance to mess with it I noticed one issue.

I… Continue

Posted on December 25, 2009 at 1:45 — 2 Comments

My first real banjo lesson.

I finally had a formal music lesson, the first in my life (that I can recall). The best part is that it was with none other than Clarke Buehling.

We had exchanged info at the opening of the America Banjo Museum. He was in Ft Worth for Thanksgiving. So we got together, had lunch, then went to our "old west" town.

He is a true gentlemen.

Scales and accompaniment, along with discussion of historically informed performance was the agenda. He listened to where I was… Continue

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 20:45 — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Tremolo.

In this journey (obsession) of historic banjo playing, I have turned to reading all of the period literature on the subject that I could find. An observation I made is that it seems most banjoists had a version of "Home, Sweet Home with Tremolo." I had read the instructions for how to play it, listened to Ossman and Eps, but really did not give it much mind.

Then, from Trapdoor's recommendation, I bought Douglas Back's The Banjo Goes Highbrow (if you don't have this get it… Continue

Posted on April 12, 2009 at 17:36 — 16 Comments

Comment Wall (17 comments)

At 5:01 on January 2, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you joined, Joel. Great profile picture.
At 20:22 on February 14, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Many thanks for the info. I shall have a serious look at them, and give it some thought. The Patents were most helpful. We are never too old to learn a new trick or two. I wonder if there is a special design for a zither banjo.
At 22:05 on July 2, 2009, Ray Jones said…
At 22:29 on July 3, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Did you manage to print out the notation for Gay Gossoon that I sent yesterday? Ray
At 2:29 on July 4, 2009, Ray Jones said…
If you want the other banjo parts later, I have them. Ray
At 6:54 on August 20, 2009, Ray Jones said…
What is interesting is that the Appalachian Area was originally settled by migrants from, England, Ireland and Scotland! Did they bring the banjo over with them? So much for the Hillbillies.
At 7:36am on January 03, 2010, Clarke Buehling gave Joel Hooks a gift
And a toast for a happy new year to you, sir. Clarke
At 12:42 on April 13, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
HI- thanks for the interest in the CD- I'm heading out of town for a family crisis, but will be back next week and will check back with you then about getting you the disc. Thanks again!- Peter
At 15:51 on April 21, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
Hey Marc- back again. Can't remember if I gave you an address to send the check for $15, that includes shipping.

Peter LaBau
2079 Hawkshill Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Thanks so much- hope all's well. - Peter
At 15:53 on April 21, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
Hey- Peter here again. So sorry, I'm mixing names up here- sorry for the gaff... Peter

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